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World IBSF U-16 Finalist

On Sunday 7th of October Ireland’s 16 year old Aaron Hill from Cork brave run to become the 2018 IBSF World Under 16 Snooker Champion in St. Petersburg, Russia ended with the Corkman losing the final 4 frames to 3 to Ben Mertens from Belgium.

The final started off with the young Corkman winning the opening two frames with a 78 and 47, back came the young Belgium to close the gap to 2-1, Aaron then went 3-1 with a help of a 45 break and was in touching distance of the world title. Ben then fought back again to win the next two and force a decider with a top break of 74.

In the decider Aaron got in first and made 32 but after many safety shots, Aaron got Ben in a very difficult safety position. The young Belgium tried to pot his way out of trouble but missed and it seemed Aaron would get his chance to win the world title but a red dropped in. 13 year Belgium did not want another chance and made a winning clearance of 53 under pressure to win the world title and deny Aaron the title.

Aaron Hill also won a share of High Break with his superb 131 break on Day 1 of the Championship.

National Coach PJ Nolan said it was overall a fantastic tournament for all the RIBSA juniors. I was so proud of the way they played and behaved in Russia. We are all gutted for Aaron after coming so close but I told him we will be back again fighting for the titles in the future.

The Republic of Ireland sent six players to the World Championships and all six reached the last 32 knock outs rounds. We had four players in the last 16 and Aaron went all the way to the final which bodes well for the development of their games.

I was very proud of each player and each player showed me how much they trained and the future is looking good for my 147academy and Irish Snooker.

Aaron Hill – Crucible SC Cork

Ryan McGuirk – R&R SC Meath

Leone Crowley – Shooters SC Cork

Jack Newman – Fermoy SC Cork

Lewis Casserly – R&R SC Meath

Sean Walsh – Douglas SC Cork



Robin Otto Training Camp

This week saw one of the top International German Snooker players Robin Otto attended a training camp in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club, Carlow in Ireland with World Snooker Coach PJ Nolan.  Robin has competed for Germany at many EBSA and IBSF Snooker Championships along with Qschool's and PTC's over the years and he wanted to travel to Carlow to fine tune his game ahead of the German National Championships next month.  

  • Very Talented Player

PJ designed a specific new training programme to help him focus more in training with targets and goals to reach during his solo and match practice sessions in Germany.  PJ was very impressed with his commitment and professionalism. Robin’s attitude was fantastic in learning all the different shots and the technical information to fine tune his game.  

  • Another International in my 147Academy

PJ said “it is very exciting to have another top European player in my 147academy and I look forward to helping Robin develop his game over the next few years ".

Robin “said his body is hurting after training so hard at the camp but it was great to come over to Ireland and receive training from PJ. He really worked on improving my break building skills and developed a new programme for me and I am sure it is going to make my game more consistent. PJ could not have done more for me as the Camp was fantastic.

Robin was videoed during each session and he brings home CD's with all the action and training programmes to study covering all the routines in the four main areas Technique, Mental, Tactical and Scoring.

On the final day of the camp Lady International German player Diana Stateczny attended the Ivy Rooms for training after storm Ali had stopped her Journey earlier in the week.. Both players were impressed with facilities in the Ivy Rooms in Carlow and recommend anyone to come for coaching and training with PJ.

  • Good Luck

My 147academy would like to thank Robin and Diana for coming over and wish him good luck in the German Championships and in future events.

Salzburg Training Camp

Last weekend the 15th & 16th of September my 147academy returned to the city of Salzburg in Austria to hold the latest snooker training Camp for the Austrian National Snooker Team.

The Austrian Billiards & Snooker Association organised this camp and invited six players from their National Rankings with Florian Nüssle, Andreas Ploner, Oskar Charlesworth, Tajmeet Grover, Philipp Koch and Mario Bodlos attending this Cue Zone.

One of the players 16 year old Florian Nüssle last month won the Paul Hunter side event in Germany beating a string of top players and current Professional player Elliot Slessor from England 3-0 in the final. This boy is really improving and I believe he is fast becoming one of the top young players on the world stage.

During this Camp I focused on the players playing Techniques by developing good playing fundamentals using my academy laser and Master Doctor Kit. The players Stance, Grip, Bridge, and Address Position were fine tuned.

The players trained from 10am – 6pm each day and they received a CD with videos from the session plus a new Austrian training program to practice at home. I was again impressed with the commitment as the players always give it 100% effort.

The players made numerous high quality breaks and it was a pleasure training the players as their commitment was superb throughout the two day camp.

More good news came last month when the Austrian team won the three nation annual event for the third time in a row beating Germany and Switzerland and this goes well for confidence within the squad.

Finally I would like to personally thank the players for training so well. I would like to thank Austrian President and Sport Director Christian Fock for everything. Austrian Coach Chau Zi Kim for assisting me throughout the weekend.

I am already looking forward to holding the next Camp in October to prepare the players for the upcoming World IBSF Championship in Myanmar.

France Coaching Camp

My 147 Academy returned this September to the spectacular city of Gérardmer in the North East of France to hold another snooker camp Gérardmer Billiard Club.  This camp was the fourth year in a row that was organised by thier President Jean-Michel Martin from the Gérardmer Billiard Club.  

It was a great honour to return to one of my favourite clubs in a city which is also known as the pearl of the Vosges to coach very committed players.

A new training plan was designed to help the players focus on their training and their Approach, Stance, Address Position, Grip and Cue Actions were analysed. The players received a CD of their session to study as I feel this is crucial in developing good fundamentals.

In the Club Jean-Michel Martin has been busy coaching very hard for the past year, using my 147academy system and I was very impressed with his player’s improvement. He is guiding some boys and girls who have some great potential.  

I would like to personally thank Michaël Martin for translating throughout the camp and I was delighted to see his improvement again this year. Finally, a big thank you goes to Jean-Michel Martin the President of the Gérardmer Snooker Club and all his members for making my visit a memorable and enjoyable stay.

I look forward to holding another training camp in 2019.

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